Basant Panchami: Festival of Spring

Basant Panchami is a festival that has more than one meaning. It marks the beginning of spring ("basant" literally means "spring") and at the same time, it is a festival dedicated to Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, arts and music. Saraswati is supposed to celebrate her birthday and at the same time she opens the doors of the spring season. People, mostly women and schoolchildren, pay homage to the image of Saraswati and sprinkle the goddess' image with grains, flowers, fruits and sweets. To ensure success to all these offerings pujas have also to be performed to Ganesh, who decides about success or failure of all human enterprise.

Offerings for the Goddess



Involving the child into the ritual

Deep in prayer

A Newari girl in traditional dress and adornments

Little beauty with offerings for the Goddess

Beautiful in festive traditional attire

Gurkhas too celebrate the festival 

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